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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 10, 2011 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1967 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

November 10, 1967
Shrine Exposition Hall
Los Angeles, California

Viola Lee Blues, It Hurts Me Too, Beat It On Down The Line, Morning Dew, Good Morning Little School Girl, Alligator-> Drums-> Alligator-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)

Is this the most essential GD recording of ’67? With a 15-minute Viola Lee to open and 22-minute Caution to close, I’d be hard-pressed to suggest another. Despite some unfortunate cuts, this recording really shines. This is a huge Pig show, and he’s on top of his game throughout.

11/10 is the first of a two-night stand in LA during a quiet November for the band, at least as far as live performances go. They spent a good part of the month in the North Hollywood studio recording songs like Dark Star and Born Cross-eyed. 11/10 and 11/11 at the Shrine are the only two shows we have from this historic month. These shows were played at the Shrine Exposition Hall – which is sometimes confused with the more luxurious Shrine Auditorium. This was just a big hall in that same complex. The Dead was part of a bill that night that included Buffalo Springfield, who had just released what was probably their best album.

11/11 is also an excellent show. They play several of the same songs, though not as many. Notably included in the 11/10 show but not the 11/11 are the opening Viola Lee Blues and the closing Alligator> Caution extravaganza. There seems to have been some debate about exactly what was played at each of these shows. A note at deadlists.com says that the vault reels for both shows had the exact same Alligator> Caution segment, but presumed that it was from the 11/10 show.

The LA Times review (posted below) of the 11/10 show seems to confirm that Alligator> Caution is from that date: “Garcia and Pigpen crossfired gospel shouts for part of the number and the quintet’s instrumental rapport was the best it has been in local appearances.” However, the review curiously omits the huge Viola Lee Blues that opens the show – even suggesting that they “took several numbers to warm up, giving routine performances of “On Down the Line,” “Morning Dew” and “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.” Makes me wonder whether the writer showed up late, or if that track is perhaps from another show. He also calls The Other One the "best of their new songs."

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 10, 2011 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1967 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

Wow. I loved the review. And I loved Buffalo Springfield.

"The Dead, who were recording their appearance (with the help of an extra drummer)..."